Introduction to International Relations

  • Final
  • Political Science
  • Introduction to International Relations
  • 3.0
  • An introduction to international relations theory with an examination of national, international, transnational, and sub-national actors and their institutions, interactions and processes as they relate to global issues.

  • 140
  • None

    1. International relations theory.
    2. International institutions.
    3. The roles of national, international, transnational, and sub-national actors
    4. Key topics in the field of international relations such as globalization, conflict, cooperation, diplomacy, international law, human rights, and international political economy.
    5. Contemporary issues in international relations.
    6. Application of theoretical concepts to events.

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  • At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:

    1. Explain international relations theory.
    2. Identify international institutions.
    3. Describe the roles of national, international, transnational, and sub-national actors
    4. Analyze and evaluate key topics such as globalization, conflict, cooperation, diplomacy, international law, human rights, and international political economy.
    5. Discuss contemporary issues in international relations.
    6. Apply relevant theoretical concepts to events.

  • May include as appropriate:

    n-class or take-home examinations
    Research papers or projects
    Written assignments
    Analytical papers
    Simulations
    Oral presentations
    Participation in class discussions and debates

  • Any college-level introduction to international relations textbook including, but not limited to

    Goldstein and Pevehouse. International Relations
    Kaarbo and Ray. Global Politics.
    Kegley and Blanton. World Politics: Trends and Transformation
    Mingst.  Essentials of International Relations.
    Nau. Perspectives on International Relations: Power, Institutions, and Ideas
    Rourke and Boyer. International Politics on the World Stage
    Shimko, International Relations: Perspectives, Controversies and Readings
    Spiegel, Matthews, Taw, and Williams. World Politics in a New Era
    Viotti and Kaupi. International Relations and World Politics

    May also include supplementary materials such as, but not limited to, primary sources, readers, etc.

  • May 23, 2012